# Convexity Methods in Hamiltonian Mechanics by Ivar Ekeland (auth.)

By Ivar Ekeland (auth.)

In the case of thoroughly integrable structures, periodic strategies are discovered by means of inspection. For nonintegrable platforms, corresponding to the three-body challenge in celestial mechanics, they're came upon by means of perturbation thought: there's a small parameter € within the challenge, the mass of the perturbing physique for example, and for € = zero the method turns into thoroughly integrable. One then attempts to teach that its periodic options will subsist for € -# zero sufficiently small. Poincare additionally brought worldwide equipment, hoping on the topological houses of the stream, and the truth that it preserves the 2-form L~=l dPi 1\ dqi' the main celebrated end result he received during this path is his final geometric theorem, which states that an area-preserving map of the annulus which rotates the internal circle and the outer circle in contrary instructions should have mounted issues. And now one other old subject matter look: the least motion precept. It states that the periodic strategies of a Hamiltonian method are extremals of an acceptable essential over closed curves. In different phrases, the matter is variational. This truth was once identified to Fermat, and Maupertuis positioned it within the Hamiltonian formalism. despite its nice aesthetic charm, the least motion precept has had little impression in Hamiltonian mechanics. there's, in fact, one exception, Emmy Noether's theorem, which relates integrals ofthe movement to symmetries of the equations. yet till lately, no periodic resolution had ever been chanced on by means of variational methods.

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Then x(O) = x(s), and Eq. (30) reads as -J± = A(t)x, which is precisely system (1). 0 In other words, Vs is the dimension of Ker (R(s) - I), where R(t) is the matrizant of system (1). To say that qs is degenerate means that 1 is an eigenvalue of R(8). 7, this can happen only at isolated points. Definition 5. If Vs '" 0, we say that 8 is conjugate to 0 with multiplicity Vs. 0 We can also define conjugacy between any two points: 81 and 82 are conjugate ifthe equation ± = JA(t)x has a non-zero solution with x (81) = x (S2).

Definition 5. If Vs '" 0, we say that 8 is conjugate to 0 with multiplicity Vs. 0 We can also define conjugacy between any two points: 81 and 82 are conjugate ifthe equation ± = JA(t)x has a non-zero solution with x (81) = x (S2). It should be noted that this relation is not transitive: if (0,81) and (81, S2) are conjugate times, then 82 need not be conjugate to O. It should also be noted that the fact that 8 is conjugate to 0 does not imply that (8 + T) has the same property, even though A(t) is T-periodic.

Since is < 00, there must be finitely many 0'. 0 The next - and final - lemma studies more closely the discontinuities of the function s -+ is. Lemma 11. The function s -+ is is left continuous, and (41) Proof. We are dealing with a variable quadratic form qs on a variable space s). The first thing to do is to rescale everything to the fixed time interval L~(O, (0,1). Define a map p : L~(O, s) -+ L~(O, 1) by (PU)(t) = u(st). Then qs(u, u) = sq;(pu,pu), where q; is the quadratic form on L~(O, 1) defined by: (42) q;(v) = 111 2 0 [s (Jv, lllV) + (B(st)Jv, Jv)] dt .